UPDATE: Man and three dogs found deceased in house fire


The East Range Police Department released the name of the person killed in the fire in Aurora on Thursday night. Authorities say Mark Edward Weyandt, 70, was found inside the home. Three dogs also died in the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshall.

Original Story:

According to the East Range Police Department, a man and three dogs died in a house fire in Aurora on Thursday evening.

At around 6:30 pm, the Aurora Fire Department responded to the report of a fire at 17 W 6th Ave N in Aurora. Firefighters arrived to a fully engulfed structure fire.

A nearby neighbor attempted to enter the home several times prior to the fire department’s arrival but was unable to do so because of the extreme heat and flame. The neighbor indicated that an adult and three dogs lived at the residence.

After knocking the fire down and being able to enter the residence, firefighters located a deceased male along with his three dogs who were also deceased inside the home.

The Aurora Fire Department was assisted by East Range Police Department, Hoyt Lakes Fire Department and EMS, Palo Fire Department, Gilbert Police Department, and Minnesota Power.

Minnesota State Fire Marshall is assisting the investigation to find out the cause of the fire. The body of the deceased male has been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner for autopsy and identification.

The State Fire Marshall is actively investigating the fire. Updates will be provided when we learn more.